Haddonfield’s Board of Education worked for more than a year to conduct an expert review of the district’s buildings – going well beyond the required visual inspections to include looking inside walls, roofs and crawl spaces. Its Long Range Planning Committee relied on professional input to evaluate numerous details. It also relied on public discussion to narrow the scope of projects and to structure the needs into separate proposals.
The Bond Referendum was divided into a large-scale Proposal I of critical needs, plus two smaller-scale proposals.
To control costs, all three proposals focused on repair and restore projects rather than educational upgrades. The sole exception is the proposed conversion of existing space at HMHS, where a STEAM Lab will be the only educational enhancement. See our FAQs page to learn why that was included in Proposal I as a critical need.
School board members split hairs to determine what was immediately critical. This critical list makes up Proposal I of this Bond Referendum, and it includes repair-and-restore projects to keep the buildings functioning. Some of the costs are for steel, brick, and mortar components: things that literally keep the buildings standing and the doors and windows functioning. Other costs cover inefficient and failing HVAC systems, electrical upgrades to accommodate today’s tech-heavy education, and modern communications systems essential for security.
Proposal I: Haddon
Repair masonry and wood trim. Install new windows and doors in wings built prior to 2000. Prepare hardware and electrical basics that could allow future installation of controlled-access devices. Correct rainwater drainage around the 1913 and 1952 wings. Comply with barrier-free route guidelines. Add electrical outlets in 12 classrooms. Build up the electrical system to meet future loads. Install modern communication and clock systems. Replace three roof-top HVAC units for the All-Purpose Room. Upgrade the boiler and restore the chimney liner.
Proposal I: Tatem
Repair masonry and structural components. Replace roofing over the 1923 wing and repair roofing over the 1990 wing. Install new windows and doors in the 1913 and 1954 wings. Prepare hardware and electrical basics that could allow future installation of controlled-access devices. Correct rainwater drainage around the front yard. Comply with barrier-free route guidelines and upgrade drop-off sidewalks. Add electrical outlets in 12 classrooms. Build up the electrical system to meet future loads. Install modern communication and clock systems. Upgrade boilers.
Proposal I: Central/HMS
Repair masonry and wood trim. Remove skylight and repair plaster in the 1964 wing rotunda. Replace the roof on the 1964 wing. Repair steps, railing and sidewalks around the 1964 wing. Comply with barrier-free route guidelines and widen drop-off sidewalks. Build up the electrical system to meet future loads. Install modern communication and clock systems. Install air conditioning in the cafeteria. Upgrade boilers.
Proposal I: HMHS
Replace roofing over the A and C wings. Repair and partially reconstruct B-wing structural components, including a gym wall, windows and doors. Completely rebuild the two-story cafeteria on its current footprint; reconfigure the cafeteria, kitchen, bathrooms and administrative offices. Convert existing space into a STEAM Lab and a chemistry lab. Rebuild concrete steps and other components while complying with barrier-free route guidelines. Build up the electrical system to meet future loads. Install modern communication and clock systems. Replace A-wing auditorium’s HVAC unit. Improve A-wing utilities. Upgrade boilers. Repair crawl space in the A wing.
The “Critical” Test
Projects that met the “critical” test to qualify for Proposal I were:
- Non-functional or deteriorating conditions that required immediate attention
- Deteriorating components that were in danger of requiring upgrades that couldn’t be addressed within the constraints of the operating budget
- Security and safety considerations
- HMHS room conversion to accommodate more students coming from the middle school
Proposal I included a single project focused on educational needs: Conversation of a faculty room, guidance office and home economics classroom into a versatile STEAM Lab and a chemistry lab. The school district will convert existing space to meet current demands for more science-specific instructional space and future demands of a growing student body.
These proposals went through many revisions as school board members sought professional input, listened to public comments and struggled to define critical needs within a realistic budget. To avoid confusion, only information pertaining to the final versions of the three proposals are on this website. The Haddonfield Public Schools website has a historical record of reports and presentations.
Install air conditioning in classrooms of the four school buildings. Upgrade BASC for efficiency.
Repair and restore critical components of the running track and stadium, which will allow current use of that facility to continue.